Friday, January 26, 2018
In life, there are challenges. Physical challenges, mental challenges, all kinds of challenges. I know this, and I also know it takes action and more action to overcome challenges, no matter what the challenge may be.
So, why did I let myself get lulled into complacency? I had begun relaxing in my diet. A few carbs here, a few carbs there adding up to too dang many carbs. I was oblivious to what was going on in my body. I am a type 2 diabetic, and I let my guard down. My blood glucose had been under control through diet and exercise for many years. About a year ago my glucometer broke, and I never got a new one, because I had done so well, for so long I didn't see the need to replace it.
My red flag came after having my blood work done. I got the results and was mortified to discover that my morning fasting glucose was 121. WOW! What a shock it was to me. It just couldn't be so. After all, I had done so well for so long.
I guess I was back to wanting to eat what I wanted when I wanted it, and still have a healthy body.
I didn't eat high sugar foods, but I had let myself eat "low sugar" foods. Turned out to be a slippery slope now, didn't it? The most disturbing thing to me, was how easily I slipped into the old behaviors, without even being aware of it. I thought I was smarter than that! Alas, I'm human. I make mistakes.
The only question now, is what am I going to do about it?
I'll tell you what I am going to do. I am going to change my attitude get off my laurels and put my health first again. I am the author of my life. I have a choice, I can choose to slowly die of diabetes, or I can do what is within my power to keep that from happening.
It's work, you know, hard work. I am a reformed "Do it the easy way" personality. At one time I believed, "The easier, The better." I thought I had sufficiently learned the err of that belief.
Hmmmmm, guess I still have a lot to learn, huh?
I know from personal experience the work is worth it. I am going to use all of this information to propel me in the right direction.
It's a redirect. That is all it is. I have the power to choose, and I choose life.
I'm speaking the truth to me today. I am worth all the work. I deserve the benefits that come from that work. No one but me can turn this thing around. I am willing to do the hard work. I am willing to ask for help when I need to.
I am surrounded by people who support me. Who love me.
And what about those G-Kids? I believe I owe them a happy, healthy Granny. I want to be able to give them the best of me, and I don't want to do that missing a leg, or hooked up to a dialysis machine.
One good thing is I never stopped my exercising. I do it daily. So, I'm good there.
It's all in the attitude and the mind. This is a wonderful blessing. I found out in time to make the changes I need to make in order to maintain my health. I have a new glucometer, and am using it. I am going to push where I need to push, and forgive myself for veering off course.
This is a new dawn. A marvelous chance to take good care of myself. The rewards are mine to enjoy. As a matter of fact, I am enjoying those rewards tomorrow. I am having Movie Day with my two awesome Grand-Boys.
So, thank God for challenges, and the ability to overcome them.
If you have had a set back. A hard time sticking to your food plan. Or just feel unmotivated, you are not the only one. I proudly stand beside you, and cheer you on in your journey.
Together is how we do it.